Beat those bills with some loft insulation

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Faced with ever-present headlines about rising energy prices, it’s easy to feel helpless.

But if you’re willing to invest a little time and money in some basic DIY, you and your home can fight back.

One of the best ways to make your home more energy efficient is to insulate the loft.

According to the Energy Saving Trust, a quarter of the heat in an uninsulated home is lost through the roof.

They say that laying 27cm of insulation, which is the recommended depth for mineral wool (other materials may vary), in an uninsulated loft will save you up to £180 a year (based on a three-bed semi with gas central heating).

Even if your loft has insulation, it may not be thick enough. The Trust calculates that if everyone in the UK fitted 27cm of loft insulation, the saving would be almost £500 million a year.

Insulating the loft is usually a straightforward DIY job and can make a big difference to how warm your home feels.

Some people, such as pensioners and those on low incomes, can qualify for free energy-saving measures, including loft insulation.

If this applies to you, do something about it now, in case the schemes are watered down or withdrawn.

Don’t forget to insulate any water pipes and boiler tanks in the loft, as insulating the floor will make the loft colder because less heat will get through from the rooms below.